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In a city that hardly sleeps like Hong Kong, upmarket Happy Valley has the distinct honour of being the best place to go for an adrenaline rush as well as perpetual rest.
The valley owes its name to the presence of a series of cemeteries rather than the fun and thrill of horse racing which takes place just a stone’s throw away. A visit to this colourful mosaic of cemeteries, which represents at least six different religious faiths, is like walking through the heart of colonial Hong Kong. The first of these peaceful sanctuaries was founded as early as 1845, and they provide the final resting place for people from all walks of life: politicians, revolutionaries, missionaries, tycoons, soldiers, prostitutes, educators, you name it. These eclectic individuals, some of whose lives were deeply intertwined, offer a rich repository of intriguing stories that vividly illustrate Hong Kong’s social, economic and ethnic history from the 1840s through much of the 20th century.
On this tour, we will cover a selection of Happy Valley’s cemeteries and visit the graves and monuments of the famous and the infamous from Hong Kong’s colonial history, some of whom were directly involved in the Opium Wars, the 1911 Chinese Revolution, as well as the two World Wars. As we trace their fascinating stories, we will also decipher grave inscriptions and symbols that eloquently carry men’s ideas and feelings around death.
• Step into Hong Kong’s past and meet a “Who’s Who” of the city’s pioneers and newsmakers.
• Marvel at a galaxy of Victorian funerary art (think moss-covered memorials and sculptures) and decode gravestone iconography.
• Learn about the cemetery garden concept and its relevance to Hong Kong in an urban oasis of venerable trees and birdsong.